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Porsche Boxster Brakes

Porsche Boxster Brakes: Spotting Common Brake Problems

The Porsche Boxster is a highly coveted luxury car. But because of its status, having it repaired can cost you a fortune. You may have to spend your dollars on costly troubleshooting service. But if you want to save some money, you may diagnose the problems yourself. Here are some of the brake issues that you might encounter with your Porsche Boxster:

Worn-out brake pads

One of the most common complaints when it comes to Porsche Boxster brakes is their sensitivity to heat. Although the Boxster is known for its durable performance, its parts are infamous for warping under extreme conditions. This is especially true when it comes to the pads of Porsche Boxster brakes. They wear out easily and contort due to the heat in the brake assembly. This causes your car's brake pedals to pulsate. When this happens, inspect your car's brake assembly to check for thinning or worn-out brake pads.

Brake fluid leak

When your car's brake pedal is too soft or mushy whenever you press it down, that is a likely sign of brake fluid leakage. Attend to this problem immediately by checking on all possible sources of leakage. The leakage could come from a number of places in your car's brakes, but the things you'll have to watch out for are its brake lines and master cylinder. The brake lines should be rust-free and should be properly insulated, while the master cylinder should be intact and without problems.

Noises when braking

You'll hear two types of noises when car brakes fail. The kind of noise they make will determine which part of the brake assembly should be inspected for damage. When you hear a clicking noise is observed as your car brakes, start inspecting your car's brake pads. If they are loosely fitted on the brake caliper and are rattling in place, get your car a new set of durable pads. On the other hand, if your brakes are making a more intense squeaking sound rather than a simple click-clack, inspect the entire brake assembly for thinning brake pads, damaged and discolored rotors, or brake drums with excessive grooves.

Uneven braking

If your Boxster starts to pull to one side when braking, measure the hydraulic pressure of your brake system. Insufficient pressure could result in uneven function in your brakes. You could also physically check if one of the brakes in the assembly is sticking out farther than the other.

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  • Taking Care of Your Porsche Boxster Brakes 04 March 2014

    Prevention is better than cure, especially when your safety on the road is at risk. That is why proper care of Porsche Boxster brakes is a must for a car owner like you. Here are some of the important maintenance tasks you should perform to keep your car's most important safety feature in check:

    • Regularly test the braking power of all wheels.
    • Inefficient brakes aren't necessarily damaged brakes. Although it's easy to tell when your brakes are failing, it's almost impossible to train yourself to measure their efficiency in halting your Boxster. That is why in order to maintain your car's breaking performance, you should regularly test them using a brake meter. A brake meter or brake tester is an electric device that lets you measure the stopping distance and force of your Porsche Boxster brakes. Make sure that the results of the test match your vehicle's specifications by referring to your manual.
    • Check and replace the brake fluid every two years.
    • If you drive 10,000 to 15,000 miles a year just like every other driver on the road, then you've probably used your car's brakes for about 75,000 times. That amount of metal-to-metal contact is going to generate enough friction and heat to burn down a house. But by regularly changing your car's brake fluid, you constantly control the safe temperature inside the brake assembly. This gives your Porsche Boxster brakes a more conducive environment to function at their best.
    • Avoid "hard braking."
    • Not only is hard braking (sudden braking during accelerated speeds) can decrease fuel economy, but it can also shorten the functional life of your Porsche Boxster brakes. Excessive hard braking also wears out your car's brake pads faster than normal use.
    • Check the life of the brake pads.
    • Brake pads are often made from soft materials to help effectively stop your car while avoiding two metal parts to come in contact with each other. These pads prevent the brake's metal parts from grinding bare against each other and generating excessive heat and debris. But because they are soft, they are more likely to wear out faster than any part of the brake assembly. So it is important to always check the thickness of your car's brake pads. They should be thick enough to create a barrier between the different metal components of the assembly.